Born at Charleston, South Carolina, July 31, 1884, he earned the Medal of Honor during World War I while serving as an Ensign aboard the USS Chrstabel on May 21, 1918.
He died on January 27, 1941 and was buried in Section 8 of Arlington National Cemetery. His wife, Eva Tilton Sullivan (July 4, 1877 – December 1, 1973), is buried with him.
SULLIVAN, DANIEL AUGUSTUS JOSEPH
Rank and organization: Ensign, U.S. Naval Reserve Force. Born: 31 July 1884, Charleston, South Carolina. Appointed from: South Carolina.
For extraordinary heroism as an officer of the U.S.S. Cristabel in conflict with an enemy submarine on 21 May 1918. As a result of the explosion of a depth bomb dropped near the submarine, the Christabel was so badly shaken that a number of depth charges which had been set for firing were thrown about the deck and there was imminent danger that they would explode. Ens. Sullivan immediately fell on the depth charges and succeeded in securing them, thus saving the ship from disaster, which would inevitably have caused great loss of life.
Michael Robert Patterson was born in Arlington and is the son of a former officer of the US Army. So it was no wonder that sooner or later his interests drew him to American history and especially to American military history. Many of his articles can be found on renowned portals like the New York Times, Washingtonpost or Wikipedia.
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